Thursday, May 26, 2005

Dutch Captain: Albert Claeszoon de Graeff

Albert Claeszoon de Graeff served the Admiralty of Amsterdam. In 1652, he commanded the hired ship Hollandia (32 guns). In June and July, he was in Witte de With's squadron. In July 1652, he sailed with the fleet under Tromp's command that sailed to the Shetlands. His ship survived the storm and he attended Tromp's council of war before they sailed for home. On August 14, he was still under Witte de With's command. In early 1653, his ship was lying off of the island of St. Martin. In 1659, he commanded the Marseveen (40 guns) in De Ruyter's fleet that was operating in the Baltic. In June 1665, he commanded the Huis Tijdverdrijf (58 guns) and fought in the Battle of Lowestoft. He was assigned to Jacob van Wassenaer's squadron. Sources:
  1. C. T. Atkinson, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.IV, 1910

  2. Gerard Brandt, Het Leven en Bedrijif van den Heere Michiel de Ruiter, 1687.

  3. Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996.

  4. Dr. S.R. Gardiner, Ed., The First Dutch War, Vol.I, 1898.

  5. G. L. Grove, Journalen van de Admiralen Van Wassenaer-Obdam (1658/59) en De Ruyter (1659/60), 1907.

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